May 31, 2006
The Fluvanna County Sheriff's Department along with the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force made a significant drug and gun bust today just outside of Scottsville. They busted a Fluvanna man with a significant amount of drugs, guns and money.
"It's fairly substantial. In any case, we believe that any form of illegal drug trafficking is major. We take them all seriously," said Fluvanna County Sheriff Ryant Washington.
Drugs, guns, money and even a mortar round. That is what investigators discovered after serving a search warrant on 65-year-old Thomas Ray Treadway's home in the 700 block of Dobby Creek Road.
"We were able to execute a search warrant based on a criminal investigation. Based on that execution of the search warrant, we were able to ascertain the items before us such as marijuana, guns, and weapons," Washington said.
That list of items included 33 guns, a pound of marijuana, 25 marijuana plants, and $4,000 to $5,000 in cash. After a thorough investigation, the Sheriff's Department also discovered an old mortar round. They called out the Virginia State Police Bomb Squad to deactivate the weapon. After disrupting the shell, they discovered it was not live. Sheriff Washington said this bust should act as a deterrent for future criminals.
"We want to send a very strong message that we are going to do everything possible to combat any form of illegal drug trafficking in Fluvanna, whether it be possessing, selling, or using," he said.
Treadway is being charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and manufacturing with the intent to distribute. He is being held on a $20,000 secured bond.
If convicted, Treadway could face one to five years in prison for the weapons charges.